Rayman Legends Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Rayman Legends RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 10 Best Xbox One Games For Kids (2018 Edition) https://www.gameskinny.com/spzo2/10-best-xbox-one-games-for-kids-2018-edition https://www.gameskinny.com/spzo2/10-best-xbox-one-games-for-kids-2018-edition Fri, 19 Oct 2018 11:36:46 -0400 Emily (Pokeflute)

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That just about does it for the Top 10 Xbox One games for kids ages 7-12.

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There are plenty of offerings on the Xbox One for younger audiences, and there's something on this list for every kid to enjoy.

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If you or your child has an Xbox One, check out these games if you're looking for a fun new experience.

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If you have a favorite Xbox One game for younger gamers, let us know in the comments! 

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Rayman Legends

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $39.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Rayman Legends follows the titular Rayman and his friends as they journey through a variety of magical paintings that each contain their own world. Inside that, each world contains tons of levels in which kids can jump, build, and punch through levels, taking out enemies and saving creatures known as Teensies along the way.

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The goal is to beat the levels and discover all of their secrets. Each of the levels is beautifully rendered and the music is fun and upbeat, making this seem like a fully fleshed-out world for kids to explore.

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The game received the highest Metacritic score of any game on this list and is considered a must-play for both kids and adults.

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Check out our Rayman Legends review for more info. 

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Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $29.87
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If your kids are big Kung Fu Panda fans, here's the game for you! This fighting game allows kids to pick from any number of characters from the Kung Fu Panda universe and do battle with friends or computer-controlled characters. 

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This game includes local co-op, meaning two players can play against each other on one console. Battles take place on a variety of stages from the series' universe. 

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The violence is cartoony and similar to what one would find in the movies. This is a great choice for kids who enjoy Super Smash Brosand are looking for something similar.

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Snoopy's Grand Adventure

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Rating: Everyone
Price: $25.00
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Intended as a spin-off and continuation of The Peanuts Movie, this game involves one big game of hide and seek.

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In Snoopy's Grand Adventure, kids play as Snoopy, who is looking to find the rest of the Peanuts gang as they travel throughout imaginary worlds.

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Those who loved Peanuts will definitely appreciate the game, as the worlds are based on the sequences of Snoopy's imagination, which were some of the most famous parts of the old Peanuts movies.

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Kids can jump, climb, and scoot around obstacles in levels contained within four different worlds as they try to find all of the Peanuts friends.

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Super Lucky's Tale

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Rating: Everyone
Price: $19.89
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Super Lucky's Tale is a 3D platformer, a genre that also includes the Mario games. Kids play as Lucky, a fox who travels through different levels in a quest to protect a magical tome known as the Book of Ages.

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The game is fairly easy, allowing young kids to run, jump, and bounce their way through colorful worlds while collecting clovers.

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In addition to the main levels, the game includes a number of side challenges, puzzles, and other minigames to keep kids occupied.

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Along the way, they'll meet lots of storybook-style characters and outsmart evil cats. This is essentially the tamer version of Crash Bandicoot -- if there is such a thing. 

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Disneyland Adventures

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $29.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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For kids who love their Kinect, this is a fun way to explore Disney’s park from your Xbox One. Disneyland Adventures allows kids to explore 18 of Disneyland's attractions, meet and get autographs from characters, and participate in magical adventures like flying with Peter Pan.

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There are lots of minigames that young kids will enjoy, and players of all ages can try fun things like coordinating their own fireworks show over Sleeping Beauty's castle.

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Kids can explore at their own pace, and there are few timers or requirements. Even if you don’t have a Kinect, you can still enjoy the game, though some of the minigames are a little harder to play without motion controls.

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Minecraft Story Mode: The Complete Adventure

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $19.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If your child still can’t get enough of Minecraft, Minecraft Story Mode is a good choice.

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The single-player game follows the story of several characters within the Minecraft universe. Kids can choose what their character says and does, which will then influence how the story plays out.

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There are also brief sequences in which kids can explore and solve puzzles, often involving finding objects in an environment.

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Though it doesn’t contain the building and crafting elements of the original and the story may seem a little mundane to adults, this is a great option for kids who enjoy other Minecraft spin-off books and stories.

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Think choose-your-own-adventure here.

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You can check out our review of Minecraft Stories' first episode for more info. 

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Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $29.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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A wealth of familiar characters means there’s a lot to enjoy here for kids who love Pixar. Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure features characters and worlds from six well-known Pixar franchises ranging from Cars to Toy Story and Finding Nemo

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Kids can interact with their favorite characters and solve puzzles and challenges in each of the movies' worlds; they can also explore the worlds on their own, finding secrets and experiencing what it's like to be in a Pixar movie.

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The game supports local co-op, meaning two players can play on one console at the same time, making this a great choice for kids with siblings, but only one Xbox One. 

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $43.10
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If you grew up playing Crash Bandicoot, this Xbox One remake is a great way to introduce the kids in your life to a classic. Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy collects the first three titles of the Crash Bandicoot series, which originally appeared on the first PlayStation.

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Each sees the titular Crash travels through lots of different levels to stop the evil Doctor Neo Cortex from taking over the world. Kids can blast through enemies, collect power-ups and points, and compete to see who can clear a level the fastest.

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The game is an extremely faithful reproduction and even provides a few updates to the original games, so if you enjoyed those, there's a lot to like here. 

Check out our N. Sane Trilogy review for more info. 

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LEGO Worlds

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Rating: Everyone 10+
Price: $32.99
Where to Buy: Amazon

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If your kids are tired of Minecraft but looking for something in a similar vein, LEGO Worlds might be the next logical choice. 

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LEGO Worlds lets kids create their own LEGOego-style avatar and construct their own world brick by brick, just as they would with a regular LEGO set. Kids can also play with their friends in their own worlds via online play.

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After building a world, players can race in cars or ride fantastic creatures, populate their world with different characters, or look for buried treasure.

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While it doesn’t quite reach the lofty heights of Mojang’s masterpiece, there are plenty of opportunities for creative kids to plan, build, and create anything they can think of right on their Xbox One. 

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Check out our LEGO Worlds review for more info. 

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Just Dance 2019

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Rated: Everyone
Price: $49.90
Where to Buy: Amazon

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Just like the previous games in the series, Just Dance 2019 includes a huge list of chart-topping songs that the kids in your life probably know better than you do.

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The game uses the Xbox One's camera capabilities to capture all your righteous dance moves for glorious in-game points. The closer you are to the suggested pose and the more in time you are, the higher your score climbs.

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At the end of the song, whoever has the most points wins.

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Up to four players can play at the same time, making this a great game for a party or event. The game uses the radio versions of the songs, meaning that most inappropriate words are censoredJust Dance 2019 comes out on October 23, just in time to make every kid's holiday wish lists. 

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There’s little doubt that the Xbox One is a great place to come for a variety of games. Whether you’re looking for a huge open-world adventure or mature storytelling, the Xbox One games library has something for everyone.

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But what if you’re looking for a game your kids can enjoy?

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Nintendo is often associated with games for kids, but the Big M has plenty of offerings for younger players. From a vast catalog of LEGO games to Rayman, Snoopy, and Crash Bandicoot, the Xbox One's library of kid-friendly games is no slouch. 

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As we head into the holiday season, you're sure to be on the lookout for games your kids can play during the Thanksgiving break or on Christmas. If that's what you're here for, keep clicking to see our roundup of the 10 best Xbox One games for kids ages 7-12.

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8 Family-Friendly Co-op Games on the PS4 https://www.gameskinny.com/sntzi/8-family-friendly-co-op-games-on-the-ps4 https://www.gameskinny.com/sntzi/8-family-friendly-co-op-games-on-the-ps4 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:42:14 -0500 Allison M Reilly

If you have kids and a PS4, then one of the two scenarios is likely happening in your home:

Scenario 1: You own the PS4. Your kid(s) want to play games with you, and you sure aren't letting them play Grand Theft Auto V. If your kids are young enough, then perhaps you just hand them an unplugged controller so they feel like they're playing.

Scenario 2: Your kid(s) own the PS4. They're playing all sorts of games and having a great time, but not anything you really like. You're wondering if there's anything you and your kids can play together and have a bit of bonding time.

No matter which scenario is most applicable to you, there are certainly some awesome, family-friendly co-op PS4 games out there. The following seven titles are sure to create a fun, memorable experience playing video games together with your kids.

Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends is a platformer in which up to four players make their way through many, many levels -- 120 levels, to be exact. In the game, Rayman has awoken from a 100-year nap, and the world is in trouble. He and his friends Murfy and Globox must come together and save the world from the nasty nightmares. No matter the age of your kids, Rayman Legends is pure entertainment for the whole family.

Buy Rayman Legends now from Amazon: $20.88

LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2

Taking you and your friends on a brick-smashing romp through the Marvel cinematic universe, LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 gives you control of Thor, Gamora, Spiderman, Ironman, and myriad other Marvel characters in a quest to save the world from evil domination. The game requires tons of teamwork and strategy, but never loses sight of the whimsical fun that makes Marvel, well, Marvel. 

New updates to this installment of the franchise give you more customization options, more puzzles, and more characters to play with. But at the end of the day, the gameplay is the same LEGO gameplay you've come to love over the years. It's one of the most engrossing couch co-op games of the year -- in true LEGO form. 

Buy LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 from Amazon: $39.99

Guacamelee!

Guacamelee! is a beautiful Metroidvania-style brawler/platformer inspired by Mexican culture and folklore. The main character is Juan, who is killed trying to rescue El Presidente's daughter. While in the land of the dead, Juan finds a mask that gives him superpowers and allows him to transcend both worlds. Up to four people can play, but the introduction of the game needs to be completed solo before everyone can join in.

Buy Guacamelee! now from the PlayStation Store: $14.99

Minecraft

Minecraft can be a co-op game in two ways. One, where each player has a controller and you utilize the split-screen mode. Or two, where one person is on screen building things and the other is more of a designer or architect behind the on-screen creations. Of course, there's the not-so-secret third way, which is where everyone just takes turns trolling each other. Nonetheless, Minecraft is a wonderful co-op game if you're looking for a title that is less about defeating enemies and more about building the world you want to be in.

Buy Minecraft now from Amazon: $19.99

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power is a gorgeous 3D platformer filled with everything anyone could want in a platformer: puzzles, action, mystique, and a compelling story. Players choose from Pontius the Knight, Zoya the Thief, and Amadeus the Wizard, who each have unique skills and abilities. Unlike the other games on this list, the co-op is only for up to three players. 

Buy Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power now from the PlayStation Store: $21.99

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Who doesn't love the zombies in Plants vs. Zombies? Hopefully not your kids. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is very similar to the first game in terms of gameplay, but the sequel adds new plant classes, new zombie classes, and new game modes. In this game, the plants are on the offensive for the first time, fighting to reclaim Zomburbia from the zombies. Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 also introduces the Backyard Battleground, a hub world in which players can explore, find missions, collect things, plant pots, and do other fun things.

Buy Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 now from Amazon: $19.49

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition

Gauntlet: Slayer Edition is for one to four players and a good game for players, say, age 10 and up. It's similar to Gauntlet Legends for N64, where it's a hack-and-slash dungeon crawler in which players can choose to be a wizard, valkyrie, elf, or warrior. Each role has different abilities, but only one player is allowed per role. The game doesn't have the most varied levels or gameplay, which makes it good for younger or less experienced gamers.

Buy Gauntlet: Slayer Edition now from Amazon: $19.99

Overcooked

If you want to encourage your kids to cook more often but aren't sure how to get them interested, then Overcooked may be a good place to start. This cooking simulator for up to four players involves preparing a wide variety of dishes in crazy kitchens under crazier circumstances. For example, your kitchen could be split between two trucks traveling at varying speeds, or just simply on fire. If cooperation just isn't your family's thing, then there is a competitive multiplayer mode as well.

Buy Overcooked now from Amazon: $19.99

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With the holidays coming up, there's still plenty of time to do the shopping and pick up a title or two off this list. Hopefully this year, it won't be just you or your kids spending time by themselves playing the cool new video games but instead everyone gathered around the console together to celebrate the festive season.

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5 Best Kids' Games for the Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/6r64b/5-best-kids-games-for-the-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/6r64b/5-best-kids-games-for-the-nintendo-switch Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:21:26 -0400 adelgirl

Since its release in March, dozens of games have already been released on Nintendo's newest console. Some of those on the Switch are brand new games, while others are re-releases and ports. And while there are some games that are geared more toward teens and adults, there are still some great games that children of all ages can play.

This list will cover five of the best games for children on the Nintendo Switch. Of course, all of these games can be played anyone at any age, not just children. But these games are those that you'll definitely be able to pick up for your kids this holiday season. 

Let's dive in. 

5. 1-2-Switch

1-2-Switch is a great game to buy a child if you want them to spend time with the family. And although it is a multiplayer-only game, that means everyone in the family can (and probably should) play together. There are tons of mini-games to choose from, each one different from the last. These mini-games make use of certain features of the Switch controllers, such as the Joycons' improved rumble feature. It can also be fun to watch other people

Each mini-game makes use of certain features of the Switch controllers, such as the Joycons' improved rumble feature, motion control, and more. 1-2-Switch has everything from Quickdraw (family-friendly) Wild West shootouts and Samurai Training to Table Tennis, Boxing, Dance Off, and much more.  

You can buy 1-2-Switch on Amazon for $49.99

4. Rayman Legends Definitive Edition

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition is a Nintendo Switch remake of Raymon Legends. It is a fun platformer game where you play as one of four characters with different special moves. You guide these characters through various (zany) levels as they defeat enemies and rescue those in need. 

Each of these characters also has different outfits that you can unlock or purchase with in-game currency. The colors in the game work very well together, especially in regards to the different characters. And the sound design is impeccable.This is also a great game for multiple people since up to four people can play together.

Rayman Legends is also a great game for multiple people since up to four people can play together at the same time. This could very well be the perfect game to pick up for the entire family this holiday season. 

You can buy Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition on Amazon for $39.99. 

3. Lego Worlds

Lego Worlds is an open-world, Minecraft-style game solely made of Lego blocks. The player has the ability to change the world as they see fit. The player can create anything, including mountains and islands, and they can explore their world however they see fit, whether that be riding on the back of a dragon or riding around on a motorcycle. At the start of the game. they are an astronaut, but the farther they progress into the game, the more they can change their character. 

At the start of the game. they are an astronaut, but the farther they progress into the game, the more they can change their character. Needless to say, this is a kid- and family-friendly sandbox experience that will deliver hours and hours of entertainment. 

You can buy Lego Worlds on Amazon for $39.99.

2. Skylanders Imaginators

The Skylanders franchise has been around since 2011 -- and its popularity hasn't waned in all of those years, especially with kids. This specific variation allows for players to create their own Skylanders in-game, as long as they have the correct creation crystal for the type they want to make. 

So while it can be a bit pricey to get your child hooked on Skylanders, it's an investment that keeps giving back year after year. Activision provides massive support for the game and the figures double as toys -- so you're getting double the bang for your proverbial buck. 

You can buy the Skylanders Starter Pack on Amazon for $58.00. 

1. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart is always a big hit with children. This specific version is a re-release of the version for Wii U. However, the Switch version of Mario Kart 8 comes with all of the DLC characters and races from the Wii U version. With a large variety of tracks on which to compete, and a plethora of characters to race as, this game is highly replayable. And di we mention up to four players can face off to see who's the king of the track? 

You can buy Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on Amazon for $59.99. 

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While all of these games vary in type from each other, they are all great for children. And even better? The whole family can get in on the action, too! 

Are there any games you think should have been included in this list? Let us know in the comments.

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Don't Have a Nintendo Switch? These Wii U Games Are Definitely Still Worth Your Time https://www.gameskinny.com/ktivi/dont-have-a-nintendo-switch-these-wii-u-games-are-definitely-still-worth-your-time https://www.gameskinny.com/ktivi/dont-have-a-nintendo-switch-these-wii-u-games-are-definitely-still-worth-your-time Tue, 09 May 2017 12:25:33 -0400 Jaleesa Mitchell

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The Wii U has been around for a while, but it still has fun and exciting games just waiting to be discovered and played. And since Nintendo has been releasing sequels -- or in some cases the same game -- on the Switch, it makes sense that people would want to buy it in order to keep the fun of their favorite games going. But since it's currently in short supply, Wii U games will have to tide some gamers over.

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Which of these games are you going to play while waiting for your Nintendo Switch?

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Rayman Legends

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Rayman Legends is the fifth main title in the Rayman series and a direct sequel to the 2011's Rayman Origins. The plot follows the characters Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies after they've been sleeping for a century. When they are awakened, they find out that the ten princesses of the land and the Teensies have been captured by the nighmares and Dark Teensies. The goal of the game is to defeat the threats and rescue the princesses.

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Up to four people can play at any given time, and it continues the platforming gameplay found in Rayman Origins.

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What's more, RO features more than 120 levels, including 40 remastered levels from Rayman Origins, which means hours upon hours of gameplay. If nothing else can hold your attention, this game can.

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And who knows? Maybe the next version will be released on the Switch!

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Pikmin 3

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Pikmin 3 is a weird game, but it's a great time-passer as we await Nintendo Switch stock to increase. The game takes place on the planet "PNF-404" where three Koppaite explorers (Alph, Brittany, and Charlie) have crash landed in their attempt to discover and retrieve much-needed food sources.

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In Pikmin 3 , the player controls Pikmin and directs them to complete various tasks like building bridges, collecting spoils, and defeating enemies. Each Pikmin has a physical feature that signifies their special abilities (for instance, Red Pikmin are immune to fire. while blue Pikmin can swim in water without drowning).

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While the content contains dark humor, it's definitely worth holding onto until you can switch to the Switch.

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Bayonetta 2

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Bayonetta 2 is an action-packed hack 'n' slasher, which came out in 2014 for the Wii U. The sequel to Bayonetta, the game takes place on the fictional, sacred mountain of Fimbulventr, with the player controlling Bayonetta as she fights against the forces of good and evil.

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With access to over-the-top weapons, stylish attack moves, and the ability to stop time, Bayonetta 2 is definitely a game that can tide audiences over until they get their hands on the Switch.

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Super Mario 3D World

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This game, developed in 2013, is a platformer that people just adore. After all, Mario is everyone's favorite plumber. "Switchers" are also excited for the prospect of Super Mario 3D Odyssey cfall.

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However, if you don't have access to the Switch and can't wait that long to get your Super Mario fix, Super Mario 3D World for the WiiU is gonna' be your next jam.

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The game follows Mario and friends attempting to rescue fairy-ish creatures (called Sprixies) from the clutches of Bowser, who invades their realm. The gameplay is similar to that of Super Mario 3D Land, which combines the free-roaming gameplay of other 3D Mario games with the 2D side-scrolling aesthetic of classic Mario platformers.

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With hidden items and tons of levels, you won't get bored with this one!

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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As one of the most anticipated games for the Nintendo Switch, it makes sense to play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Wii U in lieu of owning a Switch.

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BotW follows Link, who has awoken from a 100-year slumber to a voice guiding him to defeat Calamity Ganon before he can destroy the kingdom of Hyrule. It's different from its counterparts in that it has an open world environment, a detailed physics engine, high-definition visuals, and well-done voice acting.

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In BotW, the player controls multiple rune powers, how to cook, and how to navigate the harsh lands around them. This game is worth playing because it continues the world building from previous Legend of Zelda games, while still being exciting for those who are just now traversing into the world of Zelda.

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Ah, the law of supply and demand. It's the backbone of the market economy, and in theory, it's the symbiotic relationship between producer and buyer. But sometimes, supply doesn't quite equal demand. And this is the case for the Nintendo Switch. Everyone wants it, but not everyone can have it. 

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Knowing that the release of the Nintendo Switch basically means the end of the Wii U, the Switch will be quite the commodity for some time -- and most likely in short supply for months to come. 

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But don't fret if you can't get your hands on one just yet! There are still a ton of games that can bide your time until the Switch is available for everyone, especially if you own a WiiU. 

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Here are the six that made it to the top of the list!

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Ubisoft Announces Multiple Games Coming to the Nintendo Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/3qjy7/ubisoft-announces-multiple-games-coming-to-the-nintendo-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/3qjy7/ubisoft-announces-multiple-games-coming-to-the-nintendo-switch Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:18:55 -0500 Will Dowell

With the Nintendo Switch presentation exciting long-time fans and newcomers alike, it is only natural for developers to display their content for the upcoming system. And Ubisoft has currently announced 3 games coming to the Nintendo Switch: Just Dance 2017, Steep, and Rayman Legends Definitive Edition

Just Dance 2017 will be released at the Switch's launch, with the dance track "How Deep Is Your Love" by Calving Harris & Disciples being a Switch exclusive. Steep is an open-world extreme sports game in which you experience the fantasy of being a daredevil, taking great risks for a higher score. Rayman Legends Definitive Edition is a re-release of the critically acclaimed Rayman Legends. 

Ubisoft, in addition to these titles, has announced its continuing support of the Nintendo Switch. According to Xaviere Pox, Ubisoft's Managing Director of French Studios:

"We’re proud to be working closely with Nintendo on this new console, making sure players can enjoy great games on a device that shares the same philosophy these games: great accessibility and the ability to bring people together."

The Nintendo Switch will be coming to store shelves March 3rd at $299 a piece. Stay tuned for more Switch and Ubisoft News.

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Gamer Gift Guide: Family Friendly Games to Enjoy With Your Kids https://www.gameskinny.com/wh5b1/gamer-gift-guide-family-friendly-games-to-enjoy-with-your-kids https://www.gameskinny.com/wh5b1/gamer-gift-guide-family-friendly-games-to-enjoy-with-your-kids Thu, 17 Nov 2016 10:00:01 -0500 Damien Smith

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Splatoon

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Platforms: Wii U

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Price: $59.99

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Buy it: Amazon

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There is not another game out there quite like Splatoon. Players take on the role of inklings, being capable of changing form from humanoids to squids and back. It is a great game for both kids and parents alike as they battle each other, splattering the arena with paint guns or brushing it with paint rollers. It is a wonderful game that was created for one thing only, to have great fun.

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Super Mario Maker

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Platforms: Wii U and 3DS (Available on 3DS from December 2nd)

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Price: $39.96-$59.99 (Varies by platform)

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Buy it: Amazon

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What better game to play with your kids than Super Mario Maker? Create levels and play millions of others from players across the world together. You can find anything from simple straight forward levels to the absolutely ridiculous. There is countless hours of fun to be had for the whole family.

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Yoshi's Woolly World

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Platforms: Wii U

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Price: $34.90

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Buy it: Amazon

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Yoshi's Woolly World is an absolutely adorable game. The game takes place in a knitted island full of various yarn Yoshis'. It is a great platform game from the creators of the Mario games, and is sure to please both kids and parents alike.

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Zoo Tycoon (2013)

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Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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Prices: $18.97-$29.99 (Varies by platform) 

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Buy it: Amazon

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Here is your opportunity to create your own parents and kids zoo with Frontier Developments Zoo Tycoon. I definitely recommend getting the Xbox One version over the 360 if it is possible, as it contains more content. Either way, this is a great game to work together with your kids as you build your dream zoo.

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PSVita, 3DS, DS, Wii U, iOS and Android

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Prices: $15.89-$22.99 (Varies by platform)

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Buy it: Steam (PC and Mac), Nintendo (3DS, DS and Wii U), PSN (PS3 and PS4) and Amazon (Xbox One and Xbox 360)

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Everybody loves Lego and everybody loves Marvel. Combining the two together is always a guaranteed success. In Lego Marvel Super Heroes, you can play as your favourite Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America and Spider-Man. It is a game that both kids and parents alike are bound to enjoy.

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Rayman Legends

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Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PSVita, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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Prices: $18.07-$29.99 (Varies by platform)

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Buy it: Steam (PC) and Amazon (PS3, PS4, PSVita, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)

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The Rayman series has always been a favourite among platformer fans. Rayman Legends is easily one of the best of the titles in the entire series. With beautiful graphics, excellent level design and over 120 levels in total to play, it is a game that will keep the kids and parents alike occupied for hours.

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Octodad Dadliest Catch

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Platforms: Android, iOS, PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U and Xbox One

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Prices: $4.99-$69.98 (Varies by platform)

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Buy it: Steam (PC, Mac and Linux), Microsoft (Xbox One), Nintendo (Wii U), Amazon (PS4 and PS Vita), Google Play (Android) and iTunes (iOS).

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Easily the craziest of the games on this list. Octodad Dadliest Catch is an adventure game where players take on the role of an octopus attempting to live under a human's identity. You must complete tasks and keep people from becoming suspicious of your strange behaviour.

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It is a game that can be frustrating and may be difficult in places for younger gamers but the laughter everyone will get from it, is worth it.

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Putty Squad Remake

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Platforms:  PS4, PSVita, 3DS, and Xbox 360

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Prices: $12.75-$29.99 (Varies by platform)

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Buy it: Amazon (PS4, PS Vita and 3DS) Xbox Live Arcade (Xbox 360)

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Putty Squad was originally a game set to release in 1994. It, however, never released. It eventually got remade and released in 2013 and became available on the platforms above. With it's wonderful and colourful cartoon graphics and comical character designs, it a game that kids are sure to love.

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Mario Kart 8

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Platforms: Wii U

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Price: $48.33

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Buy it: Amazon

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There are few games out there that are as much fun as Mario Kart when playing with others. Get your family around the TV on those cold, rainy, winter days and play Mario Kart 8. You won't feel the hours go by as everyone enjoys themselves with this beautifully colourful and addicting game.

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Little Big Planet 3

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Platforms: PS3 and PS4

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Price: $19.99

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Buy it: Amazon

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Little Big Planet 3 is a great puzzle-platformer. Not only does it get the kids to use their brains to get through each level but it allows them to get creative and make their own levels too. With the ability to play countless levels created by players from around the world, the fun never has to end.

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Minecraft

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Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Gear VR, Kindle Fire, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PSVita and Wii U.

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Prices: $26.99-$29.99 (Varies by platform)

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Buy it: Minecraft (PC, Pac, Linux, Windows 10), Microsoft (Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows Phone), PSN (PS3, PS4, PSVita), Nintendo (Wii U), iTunes (iOS), Google Play (Android), Amazon (Kindle Fire), Oculus (Gear Vr).

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Not only is Minecraft one of the biggest games ever made, it is also one of the best games for kids. It is 100% child-friendly and it also encourages them to use their imagination to build anything that their imaginations can muster. If they don't already play it, Minecraft is sure to give you and your kids hours of fun.

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In the modern age of video games, violence is the main theme of most titles that hit store shelves. In an industry that primarily focuses on games for a mature audience, it is getting tougher to find titles that are suitable for younger gamers -- especially games that you can spend time together enjoying as a family. 

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Don't worry though. With this buyer's guide, you will find a selection of varying titles across many platforms that are family-friendly and lots of fun. Whether your kids play games on the Xbox, PlayStation, PC, 3DS, Wii U or Mobile Devices, there are titles here to suit everyone -- both parents and kids alike.

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5 Modern Collectathon Platformers to Play Before Yooka-Laylee Releases https://www.gameskinny.com/cznd3/5-modern-collectathon-platformers-to-play-before-yooka-laylee-releases https://www.gameskinny.com/cznd3/5-modern-collectathon-platformers-to-play-before-yooka-laylee-releases Sun, 19 Jun 2016 08:48:41 -0400 Donald Strohman

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1. Rayman Legends

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PS4, PS3, Vita, Xbox One, 360, Wii U, Windows
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Let's just a take a moment to appreciate the fact that Ubisoft actually made a creatively smart decision. While Rayman has existed since the early PlayStation 1 days, the franchise didn't really gain a significant following until it was rebooted in Raving Rabbids. Yet, even there, Rayman was eventually kicked out from the series so the games would focus entirely on those annoying little white alien rabbit hybrids.

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That all changed when Rayman got an official reboot that he himself starred in with Rayman Origins, a platforming masterpiece. However, if you want the best experience possible, you need to purchase Rayman Legends. Not only does it continue the hot streak of beautiful animation, fun level design, insanely funny multiplayer, and tricky boss battles, but it also has the majority of levels featured in Origins as a bonus! You know you're in for a wild ride when there's an entire level dedicated to rock and roll music that you get to jam out to.

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Did we miss any of your favorite 3D collectathon platforming games? Be sure to let us know what you're top 5 favorite titles in the genre are. And finally, be sure to keep an eye out for the multi-platform collectathon Yooka-Laylee releasing early next year.

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2. Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time

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 PS3 
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This series of games, starring one of the PlayStation's most iconic duos, has definitely set the bar high for 3D platforming titles. While the series did just get a new entry on the PlayStation 4, that tied with the painfully unfunny Ratchet and Clank film, A Crack in Time stands as the pinnacle of what a Ratchet and Clank game should be like. A great adventure across the galaxy awaits those who pop this into their trusty PlayStation 3.

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Hilariously over the top weapons you can upgrade and purchase, tons and tons of bolts to collect, platforming and shooting segments, it's all here. And with added puzzle sections that tease your brain to actually think for a change, and a great story to match it all, A Crack in Time is easily one of the best entries in the franchise as a whole.  

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3. Freedom Planet

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 Wii U, Steam
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Sometimes you don't have to be the most original game in the world to perfect a genre. Freedom Planet was created as an homage to the early days of Sonic the Hedgehog, and while the similarities are quite clear, the end results are hard to ignore.

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Freedom Planet serves as a great example of the collectathon platformer done right on an indie developer level, all thanks to the high octane speeds, power ups and rewards. The best part is that you don't need to be PC gamer to enjoy it, as it is also available for purchase off the Nintendo e-Shop for the Wii U. And if you need more, a sequel was recently announced to come out soon!

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4. Super Mario 3D World

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Wii U
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There certainly will never be a shortage of Mario games any time soon. From his space exploration adventures in Super Mario Galaxy, to fighting with his own friends in Mario Party, the dynamite character from Nintendo appears in a whirlwind of titles that have defined every single one of the consoles they appeared on. So it only seems fitting that one of the Wii U's best titles is another great Mario platforming game.

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Combining many of the elements that made earlier games in the franchise a success, such as suit power ups and multiplayer modes, Super Mario 3D World stands tall as a title that defined Nintendo's short lived system. With a plethora of colorful worlds to explore, treasures to find, and enemies to defeat, any owner of the Wii U most definitely should have this in their collection.

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5. Sonic Generations

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This little blue gaming icon may have fallen from its once proud days on the Sega Genesis, but that doesn't mean Sonic the Hedgehog can't still have some enjoyable adventures. For every Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric or Sonic and the Black Knight, there exists a Sonic Colors. But if you want the cream of the crop in modern day Sonic titles, look no further than Generations.

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Combining two different campaign play styles, some levels designed around old-school Sonic mechanics and others designed around the modern-day Sonic, players will have a hard time not enjoying the fast paced nature of finishing levels and collecting as many rings as you can.

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War has changed. An industry once dominated by game companies clashing over who had the best platforming mascot, has since been replaced by titans trying make the next best selling first person shooter. Yet, even in an era so cluttered with zombie apocalypse games or futuristic first person shooters, there still exists the occasional glimmer of hope for collectathon platforming fans. 

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With Kickstarter-backed newcomer Yooka-Laylee releasing next early year, we've compiled a list of collectathon 3D platforming games you can play while you wait. And the best part is that you don't need to pull out your old N64 to play them! All of these titles can be found on modern day, high definition consoles!

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The 6 Best 2+ Player Couch Co-op Games on Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/24s6s/the-6-best-2-player-couch-co-op-games-on-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/24s6s/the-6-best-2-player-couch-co-op-games-on-xbox-one Mon, 30 May 2016 11:34:50 -0400 RobotsFightingDinosaurs

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Rock Band 4

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I mean, what could be more cooperative than a Rock Band game? Rock Band 4, in particular, rewards cooperative play liberally, offering a fully-fledged career mode playable with up to 6 players simultaneously, as well as bonuses for playing together as a band. 

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It's not like there isn't strategy involved here either. Anybody who has played a Rock Band game before knows that for the harder songs, coordination is key. Deploying and saving overdrive power at the correct time to save a partner after a particularly difficult section is absolutely necessary for success, and when you and your friends finally put everything together and nail that final setlist, there are few feelings like it. Rock Band games will always be amazing and singular cooperative experiences, and Rock Band 4 is no exception.

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What do you think? Have we missed any great co-op games for the Xbox One? If so, let us know in the comments! We're always looking for more excuses to stay inside with friends on beautiful summer days.

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Super Battletoads (Rare Replay)

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Rare Replay offers a smorgasbord of content for gamers who grew up with the company, but for players looking for a co-op experience, the Battletoads games are king here. Obviously, the original NES game is great with a friend, but the port of the arcade game Super Battletoads is a gem that is often overlooked.

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It's bloody, over-the-top, and unafraid to switch up game mechanics at a moment's notice. Plus, even though Rash, Zitz, and Pimple all play largely the same way, they each have distinct special moves and combos that make them feel very different. 

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At the end of the day, Super Battletoads is pure fun, much like a Streets of Rage game. It's always satisfying to punch a miniboss in his crotch or watch your hand turn into a drill to savagely kill a downed enemy. If you own Rare Replay and have haven't given this game a try yet, you owe it to yourself to grab two buddies and settle in for a few hours of pure arcade action. 

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Rayman Legends

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Yes, it's been around pretty much since the Xbox One launched, but anybody who has played Rayman Legends knows that it still holds up. Its platforming, its atmosphere, its physics... The general way the game feels is astounding. It's that Super Mario World feeling of being completely engrossed in a challenging-yet-satisfying video game. There are few feelings like it.

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But of course, the experience is better with friends. Rayman Legends has a gigantic roster of characters to unlock, and each of them can be controlled by a friend if you play the game cooperatively. In particular, the rhythm-platforming stages and challenge stages in Rayman Legends get incredibly frantic and fun when you play with a friend. If you haven't played this game yet, do yourself a favor and pick it up. It really is one of the best co-op platformers this generation has to offer.

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Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

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If the reviews (and my own personal opinions) are anything to go by, Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime is not only one of the best co-op games on the Xbox One, but one of the most unique and interesting co-op experiences in recent history.

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The basic gist of the game is that you and a friend have to pilot a bright circular ship through the depths of space, coordinating different functions via the ship's many terminals.

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Constant teamwork is absolutely necessary, and to be completely frank, the thrill of completing a particularly difficult level with a friend (or significant other) is incredibly satisfying. It'll be almost impossible to resist the urge to high-five or hug your player 2 after a long gaming session.

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Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition

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Guacamelee has been around for a while, but the indie brawler-slash-metroidvania hit has also seen a whole bunch of content added through re-releases on the latest consoles. One thing that hasn't changed, though, is the fact that after a certain point in the game, one of your friends can take control of the luchador Tostada to aid you on your quest.

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Now, of course, Guacamelee is tons of fun if you play alone, but playing co-op allows for opportunities for some frankly ridiculous team combos as you gain abilities and make progress in the game. Plus, as the game gets tougher, or when you decide to take on the game's many challenge stages, it's helpful to bring a buddy along.

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch

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Yes, I know what you're thinking. Octodad is a single player game! Switching off levels doesn't count as co-op! 

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Well, just shut up for a second and let me explain. Octodad: Dadliest Catch actually features a pretty unique co-op mode where you and up to 3 friends can simultaneously take control of Octodad, with each player controlling different limbs.

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It's awkward, difficult, and hilariously cumbersome.

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It's also insanely fun, especially if players turn on "roulette mode", which intermittently randomizes the limbs the players control. Despite its ridiculousness, the mode really does require teamwork and coordination if players want to actually... well... accomplish any goals. Pour your pals some drinks (might I suggest these?) and give it a go.

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The rumors of the death of couch co-op gaming have been greatly exaggerated. All of the current consoles have plenty of games that you and your friends can conquer together. Especially the Xbox One. So for you Microsoft gamers who are lovers and not fighters, grab a buddy, some brews, and a pizza. You and your player 2 won't be leaving the couch for a while. These are the best 6 couch co-op games on the Xbox One.

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10 of the Best PS4 Games for Kids in 2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dq33z/10-of-the-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2016 https://www.gameskinny.com/dq33z/10-of-the-best-ps4-games-for-kids-in-2016 Tue, 17 May 2016 04:37:59 -0400 AwesumPawsum

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If nothing on this list suited your fancy, maybe action games aren't the way to go. These are the games I tend to play with my nieces and nephews, but there are a few family friendly genres that may work better for you.

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For example, there are some good PS4 games for kids in the sports genre. They've got football, baseball, soccer and basketball games. 

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Do your kids have the need for speed? Maybe you should get them... Need for Speed. See what I did there? 

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Puzzle games may be another way to go. Brothers -- A Tale of Two SonsThe Road Not Taken or Perfect Universe are other kid-friendly PS4 games to look into. 

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Good luck, and don't forget to play these games with your kids! I know I always appreciated it when my Dad took time to play with me, and it's some of the only bonding time I really get with my nieces and nephews. 

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LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

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What little boy doesn't love Marvel superheroes? Actually, scratch that -- what person alive doesn't like these guys?

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This game's been out for a while and is a blast for everyone. You get to play as a bunch of different characters, each with different powers. Not only the Avengers, but also characters like Spiderman, Wolverine and Mr. Fantastic.

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Even though there's cartoon violence, it's not gory at all. It's just LEGOs! 

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Just Dance 2016

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The great thing about Just Dance 2016 versus many of the previous dance games is that it doesn't require PlayStation's camera system (PlayStation Move.) Instead, you download a free app to your smart phone that pairs with the game.

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That said, if you don't have a smartphone, you will need the PlayStation Move system to play.

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This is a great family or party game- as long as you aren't too afraid to embarrass yourself. (Or, in my case, embarrass everyone else for not having my kinda skillz.)

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Rayman Legends

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Rayman Legends is a fast-paced side scroller. It's a great pick for both kids and adults, as the non-stop action will entertain just about anyone. It's a very kid friendly PlayStation 4 game, although there is some cartoony, non-gory violence. 

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Knack 

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Knack was one of the games that launched with the PS4 a few years ago. You play as a experimental robot that can transform itself to deal with different situations. 

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It's very kid-friendly, although (going with the trend) there is some violence in this game. 

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Hasbro Family Fun Pack 

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 Somehow this game seemed to skate under the radar. Maybe because the concept isn't exactly revolutionary. This is basically a 4 pack of classic games -- Monopoly, Risk, Trivia Pursuit and Scrabble

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...but don't let the simplicity fool you. This game is actually a lot more fun than just playing the board games, because the PS4 graphics help bring it to life. It's a great PS4 kids game that lets them with friends and family or against people on the PlayStation Network. 

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And paying less than $24 for all 4 games is a no-brainer. 

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The LEGO Movie Videogame 

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The LEGO Movie was a lot funnier than I think most people expected -- myself included.

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And even though playing the game isn't quite the same as seeing the movie for the first time, it's still a lot of fun! You play as Emmett, and meet all of his crazy new friends along the way.

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This is another co-op game-up to two players can play at once. 

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Minecraft 

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Minecraft was designed almost as a joke, but has taken the world by storm. People of all ages have built all kinds of crazy things, from enormous cities and castles in the sky to deep, dark dungeons. 

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There are two ways to play -- Survival and Creative. Survival mode has some violence, there's no blood. A few blocks fall apart -- that's about it. If your kids choose to play Creative Mode, there's zero violence because the goal of that mode is to just build whatever you want! 

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Another good thing about this game is that your kids can play together, which makes building go much faster! 

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Little Big Planet 3

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If I had to pick just one PS4 game for kids to recommend, it's Little Big Planet 3. It was clearly designed to be kid-friendly, although adults have loved the game, too. 

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It's basically an adventure-puzzle game, where you use these stringy little heroes through various levels and obstacles. 

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The best part is that it can be played co-op. Either you can play with your children, or they can play with each other. Can't beat that for less than $18 bucks!

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Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition

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This one is a mixed bag to be honest. Kids LOVE the Disney Infinite game, which now has 3 different editions. Each edition added new characters and content.

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The bad news is that Disney recently announced they won't continue adding content to the game. But you can still buy everything they've already released, and your children will get hours and hours of enjoyment from it. 

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Mutants in Manhattan 

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Growing up, I couldn't get enough of the Ninja Turtles. I watched the movies, played all the video games, had the action figures... you know the drill. 

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Just like you'd expect, this game will have some PG violence to it. But if your kid is old enough to appreciate the TMNT without being influenced to beat up everyone around them, this is a great option. 

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Finding the right PS4 games for kids isn't easy. Most games tend to be fairly violent and are tailored towards older kids, if not teenagers. 

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Fortunately, there are a lot of great family-friendly games out there. If none of the following games sound appealing to you, there are a few genres that are typically very family-friends. Racing and sports games come to mind, as well as puzzle games. 

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Don't see the game you're looking for here? Check out our other best games lists here: 

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Rayman Origins Now Available on Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/4qyp0/rayman-origins-now-available-on-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/4qyp0/rayman-origins-now-available-on-xbox-one Sun, 01 May 2016 12:46:28 -0400 JunaeBenne

Rayman Origins, the 2D platformer that Ubisoft Montpelier released back in 2011,  is now available on Xbox One. (Not to be confused with Rayman Legends that has been available in the Xbox One store for a while.) Because of the Xbox's backwards compatibility function, the game has been ported to the One from the 360 for no additional cost.

The Xbox One backwards compatibility feature has been popular with users since it was announced, and is quickly making more games available on the console. Along with Rayman Origins, there's a wealth of other 360 titles available on the Xbox Store, including Gears of Wars 2, King of Fighters ‘98, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas. There are more games being added daily.

Quick tip: if you save your game to Cloud Saved Games, you will be able to play your saved games on any console. This also keeps your saved games, achievements, DLC, and gamerscore -- which is a relief.

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Platformers aren't dead, they're just mostly indie right now https://www.gameskinny.com/fswy3/platformers-arent-dead-theyre-just-mostly-indie-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/fswy3/platformers-arent-dead-theyre-just-mostly-indie-right-now Tue, 16 Feb 2016 18:11:40 -0500 Ashley Shankle

Everyone has their favorite game genre. RPG, FPS, puzzle, RTS, MMORPG...the list could go on.

The popularity of individual genres comes and goes in waves. Right now we're in a third-person action RPG phase. A few years ago we were amidst the big first-person shooter boom. Somewhere before then, RPGs dominated all but the sports game market -- and right in the middle of that period came the fall of platformers, the genre many who played games in the late 80s and early to mid-90s grew up with.

I grew up in that era, and like many others I cut my gaming teeth on Super Mario Bros. 3. Later I moved onto Kirby and Sonic, devoured Mega Man and Castlevania, then spent ages demolishing Rareware's N64 offerings, Spyro, and Crash Bandicoot. Some move on from platformers but I have not. Platforming games are all I need.

Within reason.

Someone outside of the retro or indie gaming communities may assume the platforming genre is dead. After all, how many big name platformers have been released in the past few years? And don't point toward third-person action adventure games like Uncharted and modern Tomb Raider as examples. They may have "jumpy bits" but they are certainly do not fit within the overarching "platforming" genre.

Platforming isn't dead, it's just not AAA anymore

Despite the genre's current "sleeper" status, there are still plenty of good platformers released today for both consoles and PC. One look at Steam's "Platformer" tag coughs up 630+ results, and a sizable portion of the best on there were released within the past three or four years.

So why is it the platforming genre is generally considered "dead"? At a time when more platformers are being released than ever, one can only assume it's simply because AAA developers/publishers aren't putting them out, with the odd game in the genre released by a big publisher being minimally marketed.

Sorry, Rayman Legends.

You can take the above as it is and go, "Yep, that's it!" but the issue may just be more complex than the exclusion by big publishers.

On one hand we have a woefully small pool of marketed platforming games these days, but on the other hand we have...well, a really mixed bag of indie releases.

The genre is one of the biggest among the indie development community. Indie platformers come in all styles, difficulties, types, and quality levels. And the quality levels are where people who are less familiar with the indie scene have trouble -- with platformers being one of the easiest genres to make, there are a ton of indie releases in the genre that are less than spectacular.

In the land of indie platforming games

There are 630+ games on Steam tagged as being platformers. But what percentage of that 630+ is worth your time? Not a ton, but wading through the indie game pools can lead to some truly stellar platforming experiences.

There are a lot of great games of the genre on Steam, but let's be real: A lot of what's available isn't exactly what most people would even consider halfway good.

Spelunky is, though. You should play it.

I'm not saying this is indicative of the average quality of platformers today, but it is something that every modern fan of the genre that plunges into the grimy depths of indie platforming games has to bear in mind when they're looking for something new.

Now let's be totally clear: Some of the indie-developed platforming games I've played over the past few years fit very snugly into my list of favorite games: La-Mulana, Spelunky, Risk of Rain, Freedom Planet, Wings of Vi, Rogue Legacy, Rabi-Ribi -- these are just a few of the indie platformer offerings that have won my heart (and rage) over the past three years. And each one is insanely different, showing creativity in the genre isn't dead.

It'd be too easy to lament the amount of not-so-great options out there these days, but variety is the spice of life. Many new developers migrate towards the genre because it's easiest to dive right into making, and everyone has to start somewhere. And that somewhere may lead to something truly special later.

The future of platforming

You may not see advertisements for the genre anymore, but it is by no means dead. Indie developers have kept the platforming train chugging along, filling the genre with respectable games and keeping the hype alive for what's to come.

Platformers may be hiding in the corners of both hardcore and casual gaming for now, but it's not going to be that way forever. The genre dips in and out of popularity as soon as another genre strangles the market share, but it never goes away. It never will -- platforming is one of the few genres developers haven't squeezed all the potential from, and it's possible they never will.

While I am eagerly awaiting upcoming indie platformer darlings Mighty No. 9 and Yooka-Laylee, even without those big names coming I could do just fine with what's else is on the pipeline. There's so much in terms of the platforming genre today, it's hard to get dissatisfied with what's available, even among the sub-par options. There are just too many good platformers out these days to count, much less let the bad wash away the good.

Just because platforming games don't get the attention they used to doesn't mean they're dead, and it certainly does not mean there aren't any amazing recent releases. Platforming is the one genre that can stand the test of time -- and right now it's standing quite proudly, regardless of its current marketing clout.

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7 of the best local co-op PC games you should play https://www.gameskinny.com/0egx3/7-of-the-best-local-co-op-pc-games-you-should-play https://www.gameskinny.com/0egx3/7-of-the-best-local-co-op-pc-games-you-should-play Wed, 13 Jan 2016 17:18:37 -0500 Rob Thubron

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1. Rayman Legends

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When talking about local co-op games, one title that you’ll find constantly gets mentioned is Rayman Legends, and with good reason. Not only is it one of the greatest local co-operative experiences you can have on the PC, but it’s also one of the best platformers ever made.

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It may be of the 2D, retro variety, but that doesn’t make Legends any less brilliant. In fact, it’s that classic style mixed with a modern engine and beautiful graphics that pushes the game to the top of the class.

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The two-player cooperative element is one of Legends' outstanding features. Thanks to its intuitive gameplay, it won’t be long before you and your fellow gamer are both flying through the levels in an almost total synchronization. It can be quite a beautiful sight, seeing the two characters moving in perfect unison. But the best part of the game are the astounding musical levels, which represent some of the best design and use of music I’ve ever seen in a game.

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If you and your local gaming partner fancy competing against each other, then you can give the awesome Kung Foot mini-game a go. You could also try out the challenge of the day, attempt to break some online records, play some classic levels, or unlock more characters/worlds. Rayman Legends will keep both you and the person sharing your couch happy for a long time.

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Simple to play, hard to complete, utterly brilliant, and still the best local co-op game around.

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What are your favorite co-op games to play on PC? Let me know down in the comments.

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2. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

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I used to find the idea of blending Tomb Raider with an isometric shoot-‘em-up had the same level of appeal as eating chips while on the toilet: I could see how some people may enjoy it, but it just seemed a bit too weird for me.

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But eventually I decided to live dangerously and give it a try (the game, not the toilet thing) and I was very pleasantly surprised. It may be six years old, but Guardian of Light is a genuinely excellent two-player co-op game. I'd even go so far as to say that it's one of the best I've ever played.

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The combat in Guardian of Light is outstanding, using the familiar twin-stick shooting method that always brings to my mind one the granddaddies of the genre – The Chaos Engine (yes, I’m very old).

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The puzzles manage to hit that sweet spot of being neither frustratingly taxing nor insultingly simple - you’ll certainly have those Eureka moments when you figure some of them out. Its RPG elements add another layer of depth to proceedings, and some of the later weapons are enormous fun to use.

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Working together is essential in this game and a complete joy -- it really is one of the most underrated local co-op titles ever made. Give it a try ASAP. But avoid the sequel, it’s pants.

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3. Rocket League

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There are few things to say about Rocket League that haven’t already been said. Its incredibly engaging mix of soccer and RC vehicles makes it one of the most addictive games of all time. Not only is very easy to pick up and play, but its five-minute matches make it one of the few modern titles that you can “have a quick go” on.

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The local co-operative option is provided via split screen and two controllers. While splitting a TV in half isn’t everyone’s favorite way of adding a local player, it’s pretty much the only option for this kind of game.

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Playing with a friend can be great fun, and having your teammate physically sitting next to you means that communication and strategizing is a lot easier. Few things are as satisfying as when you and your gaming partner hammer some total strangers who are on the other side of the world.

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4. Portal 2

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Portal 2 is a magnificent game, and easily one of the best puzzlers ever created. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that the two-player co-op mode, which can be played locally using split-screen, is even better than the single-player game.

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Valve appreciate show much people love co-op games, and has included a separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters just for this mode.

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If you do try out Portal 2’s local co-op, you’ll be amazed at how different it feels from playing solo. You’re likely to spend half the time talking through the puzzles with your gaming partner, trying to figure out what to do. Then it’s a case of working together to put the plans into action. Few games teach people to work together and communicate as well as Portal 2 – it should be used in relationship counseling.  

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5. Broforce

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Getting constantly compared to Contra makes any game brilliant in my book. And the fact that you can use Rambo (or Rambro, as he is known here) to kill Satan is the icing on the Broforce cake.

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Not only is Broforce a rock-hard, side-scrolling, platform shooter, but it’s also a love letter to the cheesy action movies of the 80’s and 90’s. It may be gloriously silly, but it certainly isn’t stupid. The cool pixel art style, numerous recognizable ‘bro’ characters, and the destructible graphics make playing the game in local co-op mode both brilliant and hilarious. If Chuck Norris made PC games, he’d make Broforce.

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6. The Lego series

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Even though they’ve been around for over a decade now, the Lego games tend to be the first name a lot of people think of when you mention co-operative two-player titles.

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The combination of simple, fun gameplay and brilliant humor provides the licensed Lego games with some of the best local co-op experiences in PC history. The puzzles that require two characters to work together range from simple to fiendish in their difficulty, and completing them gives players a real sense of achievement.

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But if they’re so good, how come they’re at number six? Well, as enjoyable as they are, their format hasn’t changed much in ten years, and familiarity breeds contempt, as they say. Despite the latest entry in the series, Lego Dimensions, introducing a Skylanders-like toy-to-life element, it doesn’t really add much extra to the co-op play.

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As for which games are the best in the Lego series, I personally find the Indiana Jones and Harry Potter titles to be the apex of the series, while the aforementioned Dimensions entry is regarded as the most enjoyable in recent years. Good co-op fun for all the family.

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7. The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

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While The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth may feature the kind of same-screen, local co-op play suitable for the living room, the game is about as appropriate for kids as an Aphex Twin video – and about as darkly twisted.

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You wouldn’t expect a title based on both religious and semi-autobiographical attempted filicide to be a fun-packed romp, but it is. It’s important to point out, though, that although the game does have a co-op mode -- the second player takes the role of a floating baby who can’t pick up items (they’re shared) or enter rooms (Isaac has to lead).

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Despite the reduced functionality of player two, Rebirth’s top-down, twin-stick shooter gameplay and randomly generated dungeons make it a hugely enjoyable experience for both players. Be warned, though, it does have several rogue-like elements, including being hard as nails and permadeath. Lose all your health before making it through the eight levels, and it’s back to the start.

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The PC may be a brilliant gaming platform, but it’s always been viewed as the inferior option when it comes to local co-op games. As much as I love 1440p resolutions, Steam, cheaper titles, and the ability to play games at more than 60 frames per second, I do lament the fact that so few desktop titles are created with local co-op in mind.

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In recent years, however, this trend has slowly started to change. Rather than the usual small handful of titles that feature local co-op modes, an increasing number of developers have begun to realize that the PC is making headway into the living room space that used to be reserved solely for consoles, and that their games should reflect this.

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As more and more smaller, form-factor PCs and dedicated Steam boxes make their way beneath the family television, more PC owners want titles that feature local co-op modes. Sometimes it's better to play with family, friends and partners, than against them.

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So, if you’re wondering what some of the best local co-operative games are on the PC, here are 7 that you should try. 

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Five games that would make great TV shows https://www.gameskinny.com/zyi0t/five-games-that-would-make-great-tv-shows https://www.gameskinny.com/zyi0t/five-games-that-would-make-great-tv-shows Fri, 07 Aug 2015 11:08:45 -0400 Jason Green

We're in the golden age of media. Everything is watched, anywhere and anytime with different franchises meshing into different forms of media. Video games are a huge money-maker, and the popular ones have been made into movies and comics in the past. So, why not take a stab at television?

Adapting a video game to a TV show instead of a movie would give it more room to breathe. Watch Marvel's newest show, Daredevil, on Netflix. It doesn't suffer from a 2 hour time constraint and has hours to flesh everything out.

So, what are some recent games that would work well on TV?

5. Fallout

Post-apocalyptic settings have been a popular trend for a while. Zombies, disasters, and much more have found their way into tons of media. So, why not make a TV show that combines all three? A Fallout show would work so well in the modern-day. Whether it be a Netflix-only show or cable TV show, the right company could capitalize on the success of the lore. 

The show could star a vault survivor as he travels across a desolate wasteland - à la Mad Max, except way more depressing. Throw in some interesting characters like raiders, ghouls, mutants and even Deathclaws, and you got yourself a show with a lot of breathing room for creativity. 

4. Rayman

This is kind of cheating because there was a Rayman TV show in the early 2000s. But, word on the street is that it was awful and only lasted four episodes. So, why should Rayman be revived? Well, look at the cartoons of today. Shows like Adventure Time and The Amazing World Of Gumball show immense creativity that could be applied to a Rayman cartoon. 

The Rayman video games have had a bit of a come back with Origins and Legends, showing there is a vast world of color and characters to choose from. The team behind Adventure Time could potentially churn out a fantastic Rayman show. That is, if John Leguizamo returns as Globox...

3. The Last Of Us

The only thing more popular than post-apocalyptic settings are zombies. Ever since Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead, zombies have been at the forefront of pop culture, and one of the most critically acclaimed games to feature them is Naughty Dog's The Last Of Us. Easily one of the best-reviewed games ever, a TV show about the rise of the outbreak from the beginning through the 20 years to where the first game takes place would work really well.

It wouldn't have to follow the games' protagonists Joel and Ellie, and could be about a different group of survivors battling the infected and ruthless human begins. There aren't many really scary TV shows on today, but The Last Of Us could fit the bill.

2. The Witcher

Throwing away all the political jargon and who-done-it type stuff from The Witcher game series, at the core they're very simple. Witchers are monster slayers. Got a ghoul in your back yard? Call a Witcher. Vampire bugging you? Call a Witcher. Ex wife a Succubus? Even if they're not, call a Witcher. Heck, they even handle ghosts and demons. 

The point is, when Geralt isn't tangled up in love triangles or political affairs, he's doing what he is trained to do - and that is getting hired to kill monsters. A show about a Witcher taking a different job each episode would be like Supernatural meets Lord Of The Rings, and that's definitely something worth watching. 

1. Borderlands 

Okay, again this is cheating. Borderlands already has episodic content being developed by Telltale, and it's great. However, it shouldn't stop there. The Tales From The Borderlands game showcases that Pandora and the universe these characters inhabit have many stories to tell.

The Borderlands universe is a lot like Mad Max but on crack. There's a lot of action, but none of the gloominess Mad Max or the previous entires on this list would have as a TV show. A Borderlands show could be about a group of vault hunters going from vault to vault, just like the first two games - except this time they shouldn't be a well-oiled team. They should be a team just starting out so the show would have character development. 

All in all, there are a ton of games that would translate very well to the small screen. With studios taking more chances on lesser known things, seeing one of these shows on a channel, streaming or not, would be very welcome. 

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Why Rayman Legends is Your Best Starter Game on Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/01cva/why-rayman-legends-is-your-best-starter-game-on-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/01cva/why-rayman-legends-is-your-best-starter-game-on-xbox-one Mon, 06 Jul 2015 19:03:36 -0400 Elijah Beahm

When it comes to making the leap into the next generation of consoles, it can be a bit daunting at first. Often it's either hastily made ports of games on older consoles, or completely new games you can't entirely trust will be worth your money. Even two years into the eight console generation, and I still know plenty of people who are holding onto their PlayStation 3's, Xbox 360's, and even a few holding onto their Nintendo Wii's.

I too, wearily approached new-gen, waiting until only a few months back to finally make the plunge and buy an Xbox One. At the time, I had a few games already to play on it, but massive install sizes and buggy ports meant I still had plenty of landmines and headaches. It didn't matter that I had Advanced Warfare, Sunset Overdrive, and Halo: The Master Chief Collection -- I wanted a game that worked perfectly fine and I could be comfortable with. Something dependable but could show off the Xbox One's potential.

That's, where Rayman Legends came into the picture. The Games with Gold program for Xbox Live users gave out Rayman Legends one month, and I claimed it for the sake of prepping for my new console that was on the way. I had already completed almost all the content on PC, but still, it would be a great game to have available on my Xbox One.

I had no idea how true that statement would become.

When I first booted up my Xbox One, I spent a good while waiting for things to install and update. Then, I loaded up the main OS, and discovered just how fragmented and unfinished the process of setup still is. Need a web browser? Download it. Got a game on disc? Still have to install nearly all the data. Want demoes? That's adorable! Anyone just getting started with Xbox One is smacked right away with a wall of additional leg work


Why did we have to abandon the Xbox 360's layout?

I was afraid I'd be waiting an entire day for things to install before I could get started, but then I started the download for Rayman Legends first. Seeing as Legends is a game originally built for last-gen, it amounts to only about three and a half gigabytes worth of data. By comparison, my copy of Advanced Warfare needed to install at least thirteen to twenty gigabytes to become partially playable.

Yet, despite being little more than a quick port with all the bonus content from pre-orders, the experience was astounding. As I said, I had played this on PC, but I never experienced it perform so well. There are practically no loading screens in Rayman Legends, just brief scene warps to transition you to the next level. It doesn't matter if you are in the middle of one of the game's most intense boss fights or just going to a different menu area -- the game performs beautifully and better than any other last-gen port I've gotten to try.

Not only do you get that, but the online features work great for both solo and online gamers alike. Competitive modes (other than Kung-Foot) are all based around time and skill trials with leaderboards. You race actively against the ghosts of other players, making it feel just like a regular competitive game, but are also allowed to just play on your own. No one can interrupt you, no one can mess you up, and the challenges regularly change to allow for new content.

You also have a cooperative game that is worth getting additional controllers for. Most people who make the leap to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are in dire need of a reason to actually buy more than one controller. Good local gaming experiences are hard to come by, but Rayman Legends covers that. You can play all of the content cooperatively (or competitively if you're the mischevious type) with up to four players. It's also kid friendly, so you have something to play when the young ones come 'round.

There is not a single launch title for either new system that can boast equal flexibility and wealth of content.

Not only does Rayman Legends really demonstrate a notable leap in performance, and give new console owners plenty of things to do, but it also is the perfect alternative to whipping out a mobile game while you wait for other games to install and download.

Waiting for my first trio of games to set up was a breeze because I wasn't just sitting there, twiddling my thumbs idly. Instead, I was racing across one of the most beautiful landscapes of recent memory. Even now, when I want a brief break, I don't jump into a match of Domination or Team Slayer, but check out the latest daily challenge in Rayman Legends. It has easily become the second most played game on my system, behind Sunset Overdrive.

Normally, I'm hesitant about rebuying games for new systems. Sometimes ports just make you realize how much the times have changed, but rarely in such a positive way as Rayman Legends. It was a perfect game for Microsoft to give out via Games with Gold, and is easily one of the best games to start with, whether you're gaming on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. I hope it helps you get into the swing of new-gen as much as it helped me. 

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Predicting Ubisoft's Upcoming AAA Game https://www.gameskinny.com/ok2hv/predicting-ubisofts-upcoming-aaa-game https://www.gameskinny.com/ok2hv/predicting-ubisofts-upcoming-aaa-game Sat, 06 Jun 2015 13:30:02 -0400 Curtis Dillon

In an investor report from Ubisoft last month, it was revealed that The Division would be coming in early 2016 as would a yet-unannounced AAA game.

The news of the unannounced game was somewhat lost in the shuffle, but it's a very interesting tidbit. It's becoming increasingly uncommon for a publisher to reveal a game and release it within a year, but that's exactly what will happen with this game if the report is to believed. So what could that game be? Let's postulate!

Watch Dogs 2

Let's start with the most obvious option for an upcoming Ubisoft game, Watch Dogs 2. Ubisoft hasn't shied away from the fact that there will be a sequel to the hugely successful Watch Dogs, with the dev discussing the flaws of the original and hopes for the sequel. Then they admitted that a sequel would take a lot less time to develop. And finally the sequel recently appeared on the CV of a Ubisoft employee. So it's very obvious the game is on its way, and if Assassin's Creed is the benchmark for Ubisoft series, then it could become annual.

Therefore, Watch Dogs 2 seems the most obvious choice for the unannounced game. The original was a good game with tons of potential, much like the original AC. Watch Dogs 2 could definitely be Ubisoft's big surprise announcement at the close of the show.

Rayman Legends Sequel

A new Rayman is the second most likely choice. The sequel to the amazing reboot (Rayman Origins), Rayman Legends, was released in 2013. But not much has been said about the series since. Both games were critical and commercial smashes, reinvigorating the Rayman brand. So now seems like a good time for a sequel.

There's no evidence to back this up, especially considering Rayman creator Michel Ancel is hard at work on PS4 exclusive WiLD and another game that you will read about later. That being said, I still think a third installment is likely and fits the quick turnaround between announcement and release.

Beyond Good and Evil 2

Which brings us to the other game Michel Ancel is toiling away on. Or so we think. Actually, at this point we have no idea.

The original Beyond Good and Evil came out in 2003, 12 years ago. The cult classic warranted a sequel that was finally revealed in 2008, but hasn't been seen since. Rumors swirled that Ancel had left Ubisoft Montipelier and Beyond Good and Evil 2 was on-hold. And yet, as recently as 2013, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot told Kotaku:

"I don't give comments anymore on BG&E2, because I think ... the next time next time we communicate we have to have something new. Not specific to the PS4 or any other platform.

He went on to confirm the status of the game:

"It's coming. Yep. I know some folks who are waiting."

It seems likely that we will see the return of Jade and Pey'j, but whether or not that happens this year is anyone's guess.

Prince of Persia Reboot

As much as I enjoyed Watch Dogs and Rayman, a rebooted Prince of Persia is the prospect that excites me most. It's easy to forget how popular and successful this series was, but the original trilogy was fantastic and inspired a movie in 2010. Also, lest we forget that Assassin's Creed was originally a Prince of Persia game. The last AAA Prince of Persia game came in 2010, so the series is ripe for a comeback.

The only evidence we have that Prince of Persia is even still alive, somewhere deep in the depths of Ubisoft, was a series of leaked images that were said to be a reboot of the franchise. Ubisoft has reportedly tried on a few occasions to start fresh with the series, which obviously never came to fruition, but maybe the game from which the above screenshot was taken will be the one. This one is the most left-field but also the most exciting.

Unknown IP

And of course, just to round out the bases, we have the potential for a brand new IP. When Watch Dogs was announced, it blew everyone away, due to the brand new concept and how amazing it looked. This started an E3 tradition for Ubisoft in which they now close out every show with a brand new game demo. They struck oil again when they showed Tom Clancy's: The Division for the first time and melted minds. Then last year they revealed the next Rainbow Six game, which was somewhat expected, but still a surprising concept. So what they will show this year is back to being a mystery.

Watch_Dogs 2 seems the obvious, safe bet. A new Rayman is also a possibility, but whether that series is AAA is debatable. Then we have the more unlikely choices of Beyond Good and Evil 2 and Prince of Persia. However, Ubisoft could easily be working on something brand new altogether. They are one of the biggest developers in the industry and are constantly working on multiple diverse games, so it's very easy to imagine another new IP being revealed and blowing our socks off.

So what do you think Ubisoft is going to unveil? What game do you want it to be? Will it be revealed at E3 or Gamescom? Let us know in the comments below!

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Weekly Weekend Round-Up: Mar. 6th - Mar. 8th https://www.gameskinny.com/jbx7v/weekly-weekend-round-up-mar-6th-mar-8th https://www.gameskinny.com/jbx7v/weekly-weekend-round-up-mar-6th-mar-8th Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:52:21 -0500 Eric Nicolai

Players rejoice, yet another weekend of gaming is upon us. We have worked long hours or studied hard to get here and the time has come to relax and enjoy some games. Below is a small list of games that may spark your interest.

Screamride

Screamride seems to be an amazing game that offers much more than just simplistic play. Screamride has multiple game modes to offer different styles of play for individual preference. The styles range from a theme park scream mode, where the player must keep the cart on the tracks while making the riders scream as much as possible, to a destructive mode that plays a little like Angry Birds - without the little pigs.  Also, if deciding between X1 and 360, know that X1 offers a level creator mode to allow for maximum enjoyment.

Rayman Legends

For the players looking for a cheap game to play, this one could be it for some players. Rayman Legends is now free for Xbox One gold subscribers, and could easily be enjoyed this weekend. Rayman is an ongoing series that has captivated players, and this installment is no disappointment at all. Plus with it being free for some players, they can't go wrong.

 

Valiant Hearts

Valiant Hearts is an indie game that I fully intended to get around to buying. Now that it's free on PS4 for Playstation Plus subscribers I had no excuse to not play it. Valiant Hearts is fun, beautiful, and even educational if players take the time to read the facts scattered throughout. 

Whatever games you play this weekend now that there is a wave of big launches nearing us and backlogs usually grow bigger. So, enjoy the long gaming marathons as the weekend passes by. What games will you be playing this weekend? Comment below.

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Ubisoft to Give Assassin's Creed Unity Players DLC as Apology for Glitchy Launch https://www.gameskinny.com/50p40/ubisoft-to-give-assassins-creed-unity-players-dlc-as-apology-for-glitchy-launch https://www.gameskinny.com/50p40/ubisoft-to-give-assassins-creed-unity-players-dlc-as-apology-for-glitchy-launch Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:06:25 -0500 KieraB

Assassin's Creed Unity developer Ubisoft has announced a change of heart about the upcoming Dead Kings. Instead of selling the game for a price, it will now be given away to Unity players as a sincere apology for the latter's faulty release.

Formerly a season-pass exclusive game, Dead Kings could double as not just a symbol of apology, but also as a reward for patience: dealing with hundreds of different bugs and glitchy scenarios from the jump could not possibly have been enjoyable for fans.

Further, players who have already bought the season pass, which Ubisoft has since discontinued selling, can enjoy their pick of a free game instead. They can choose from from the games Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Just Dance 2015, Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4, Rayman Legends, and The Crew.

While the Ubisoft developing team is still working on patches to fix all the holes -- one in particular had Arno Dorian actually falling through the ground -- CEO Yannis Mallat had this to say about the situation:

"The launch of Assassin's Creed Unity was a highly-anticipated moment for me and for our development teams around the world who dedicated a tremendous amoung of energy, passion and skill to the game's creation. Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologize on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential."

Following the player-made reports of Unity's various problems, the team has responded swiftly, releasing a third corrective patch on Wednesday, Novemeber 26. This patch is intended to fix issues with the game's stability, performance, matchmaking, connectivity, gameplay, and its menus.

Even through this shortcoming, season-pass players will still be able to reap the benefits of having the pass, including the Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China DLC, which shifts over to new assassin protagonist, Shao Jun. Maybe China and the other games can occupy time well while Ubisoft gets Unity running smoothly.

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Rayman Legends Launch Trailer Had Me Hooked https://www.gameskinny.com/la7r4/rayman-legends-launch-trailer-had-me-hooked https://www.gameskinny.com/la7r4/rayman-legends-launch-trailer-had-me-hooked Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:00:27 -0400 Charner Boney

This trailer is simply amazing. As much as I don't like to give into advertisement, Ubisoft's launch trailer for Rayman Legends had me sold. Normally I like to demo my games or watch a few YouTube videos of gameplay footage, before buying them. But this time around I was genuinely excited.

So what was it about this trailer that had me hooked? The music is catchy, the visuals are stunning, and the gameplay looks fantastic. This trailer shows Rayman fans how great the newest installment is. One of my favorite parts was the constant pop ups of review scores and quotes. It inspired me to go look up those reviews and see why each publisher gave out such high ratings. 

All the necessary ingredients for a great trailer were included as well. From iconic scenes, to the multiplayer action, the challenges, boss battles, and a variety of stages shown in the trailer, Ubisoft definitely gets an A+.

I've come to love the Ubi Art Framework ever since playing Rayman Legends. I got to see the Framework in action at PAX Prime and GDC 2014, and every time I was impressed. You can even tell that the trailer itself was made within the engine. I can't see the beauty of Child of Light and Valiant Hearts as well. 

Rayman Legends launched on September 3rd, 2013, and I still play it on a regular basis! 

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The Top 10 Games on the Wii U So Far... and What is Coming https://www.gameskinny.com/r4vhq/the-top-10-games-on-the-wii-u-so-far-and-what-is-coming https://www.gameskinny.com/r4vhq/the-top-10-games-on-the-wii-u-so-far-and-what-is-coming Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:44:11 -0400 NorthwestGamer

To this date, the Wii U has not exactly had a successful run, and there is no obvious reason for it. The console has some great games, the gamepad, and it is not too expensive.

This might have something to do with it being targeted at casual gamers and not offering huge improvements over the Wii; most casual gamers are okay with settling for the Wii for cheaper. It also might be that fact that most gamers buy just one console, the largest audience right now is in first-person shooters, so most people lean towards Xbox or PlayStation.

Many of you might not know it, but there has never been a better time to buy a Wii U. The big question right now is "Will Mario Kart 8 save the Wii U?" and, if not Mario Kart 8, then "Will the new Super Smash Bros. save the Wii U?"

While this might seem far-fetched, many people, including myself, will be buying a Wii U just for those games. In fact, I have already preordered Mario Kart 8, and I have not bought my Wii U yet... I should probably get on that.

Top 10 Games on the Wii U

Anyways, for all of those people who are about to enter the Miiverse with a brand new Wii U, you may want to know what other games you have been missing out on. So, without further ado, I bring you the top 10 games that are out for the Wii U.

10) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO Marvel Superheroes

This will not be a new game for those coming from other consoles, but LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is one of the best installments in the LEGO series to date. Released on a total of 9 platforms, the Wii U version of this game was in no way a cheap port and, being a family-friendly game, I am not surprised.

That is what the Wii U is all about, being able to take a game and have a large group of people, of all ages, have a great time. The LEGO series has always fit that theme perfectly, providing great cooperative and single-player gameplay. With around 150 player-controllable super heroes from such a fantastic lineup, it is hard to resist the pull of Lego Marvel Super Heroes.

Even though it is such a cross-platform series, I would say the Lego games are most significant on the Wii U because it matches the audience perfectly. The Wii U is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages, just like the Lego games.

9) Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

While Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate has been a fairly popular game in North America and other areas of the world, nothing comes close to measuring up to the astounding popularity the franchise has received for the Japanese version.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate is an action-roleplaying game available on both the Wii U and the 3DS, with the option to transfer your save data back and forth between the two versions. The versions are generally similar, with the main differences being the improved graphics and online capabilities of the Wii U version.

This game has had a huge impact on RPG gamers for the Wii U. Nintendo already has games like Zelda to bring in RPG lovers, but a game like Monster Hunter brings in that crowd that favors the action-RPGs.

8) Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition

Batman: Arkham City - Armored Edition

"Its a bird! It's a plane! It's su- ... oh wait." 

Batman's Arkham series has been a hit since the beginning. While Arkham Origins may not have had the success of its predecessors, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were undeniably great, and Arkham Knight looks like it will return to being that way. 

Generally, Arkham City is considered the best game in the series and Wii U fans rejoiced when the Dark Knight came riding on over to the platform. This version of the game also comes packaged with a Battle Armored Tech mode, all the content of the original, and more bonuses.

This installment in the Arkham games made a big impact to Wii U gamers because it was the first of the series to make it to a Nintendo console after it predecessor, Arkham Asylum, excluded Nintendo.

7) CastleStorm

CastleStorm

CastleStorm has released for a multitude of platforms; however, for whatever reason, it has had the best reception on the Wii U. The game is a side-scrolling tower defense game that released for the Xbox 360 first and was then ported to different platforms throughout 2013.

This game does have quite a few kinks, but the overall gameplay makes it so that you can still have a great time with this game. This game is similar to a lot of flash games online, but just taken into more depth and developed as a full, paid game.

Just like Lego Marvel Super Heroes, CastleStorm is more significant on the Wii U that any other console because it is a casual game on a console that caters to casual gamers.

6) Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is another game that got a rerelease for the Wii U and, like Arkham City, they didn't screw it up (unlike Deus Ex: The Fall). The Director's Cut version that was made for the Wii U is the same version that was released for PC.

Human Revolution was, in almost every way, a complete success and is one of the few games of its kind available for the Wii U. For this reason, it is one of the top games to check out for the Wii U. It may be more designed for the other consoles, but Deus Ex is just as good on the Wii U and does not have much competition on the console.

5) Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

Tropical Freeze just released less than 2 months ago and has been a huge success. It is the newest installment in the Donkey Kong Country games and, as always, Nintendo has done a wonderful job. 

Beautifully presented for the first time in HD, thanks to the Wii U, Tropical Freeze will be a blast for Donkey Kong veterans and newcomers alike. If there is any place that Nintendo never disappoints, its in their platformers, and this game is no exception.

Along with other Nintendo classics, such as the Mario games or Zelda games, Donkey Kong has always come stomping in with his own successful game every generation. From the original, Donkey Kong, to this famous series, Donkey Kong Country, there was definitely a very positive impact made by Tropical Freeze's release.

4) Pikmin 3

Pikmin 3

For some reason, I have always felt like Pikmin has been the forgotten series and I have no idea why. They are spectacular games, but they always seem to be one of the series that people haven't heard from. Too often do I hear, "oh hey, that's the guy from Super Smash Bros.!"

Don't get me wrong, Super Smash Bros. is a great series, but how have people not seen Olamar, or at least the Pikmin, before? For those of you who are big Super Smash Bros. fans and enjoyed throwing Pikmin, try the actual Pikmin games, you will enjoy throwing Pikmin even more.

In the past, Pikmin has not has as much of an impact as I would hope for, so hopefully this Wii U installment will turn the tables. It is certainly deserving of some attention.

3) Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends

I don't know if I'm the only one, but, when I saw a Rayman game for the first time, I could not believe it was successful. I don't know why, but for some reason the whole style and idea seemed like something that wouldn't work to me.

Wow, did those developers prove me wrong. This game was designed so well, they managed to take an idea that most companies would butcher and turn it into a work of art. The gameplay, the style, the environment, everything about this game is beautiful and should be on everybody's list.

2) The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

Wind Waker HD

There is not much to say about this game other than "they didn't screw it up." The original Wind Waker  was a beautiful game. It may not have been on the same level as its predecessor, Ocarina of Time, but that doesn't change the pure quality of Wind Waker.

Too often do these HD or anniversary remakes get rushed, but Nintendo is not a company known for mistakes like this. Whether you have played the original or not, Wind Waker is a work of art for anybody who has any interest in action RPGs.

Just like Ocarina of Time 3D was for the 3DS, this game is a huge milestone for the Wii U. One thing gamers love is the games that they grew up on, and beautiful HD remakes, such as this, can really put those memories into a whole new light.

1) Super Mario 3D World

Super Mario 3D World

Nintendo never ceases to amaze me with how they keep on delivering with the Mario games. A fat, Italian plumber with no in-depth universe and a very basic plot that never gets old. Somehow, they keep doing it.

Not only do they keep making great games of their classic style, this time New Super Mario Bros. U, but they keep introducing new series' that are great. For the Wii it was Super Mario Galaxy, one of the best games of the console. This time, it's Super Mario 3D World.

Not only has Nintendo delivered a great new Wii U game, but they also have brought a 3DS counterpart that is just as good, Super Mario 3D Land. If there is any game, currently available, that you buy the Wii U for, then it should be this game.

I don't know what they have planned next, but I do know that, for now, this could be regarded as the defining game of the Wii U. With no prequels, this truly shows that, this many years later, Nintendo still has many aces up its sleeve.

Big Upcoming Titles

Along with the stellar lineup that the Wii U already has, several big new titles will be arriving soon. The future of the Wii U sure looks bright, let's hope that these games can bring a little more popularity to Nintendo's home console.

Mario Kart 8 - May 30, 2014

I may be getting a little ahead of myself, but I believe that this game will take Super Mario 3D World's #1 spot after it releases. This may be an exaggeration, it would not be easy to dethrone Super Mario 3D World, but let's keep in mind that Mario Kart is always one of the, if not the biggest game of each Nintendo console.

Mario Kart 7 was, in my opinion, a better installment than both of the last-generation Mario Kart games, Mario Kart Wii and Mario Kart DS. Some new, game-changing features, such as kart customization, bring the series to a new era and Mario Kart 8 will follow that trend.

This game is likely to be the most significant Wii U release to date. The Mario Kart series has been a staple series for Nintendo with, in my opinion, not a single bad game. Get your karts ready and expect a lot from this new racer.

Super Smash Bros. (Wii U) - Q4 2014

It's Super Smash Bros., need I say more?

Okay, maybe some of you would like to hear more. This generation, for the first time ever, Super Smash Bros. will be coming to both the console and the handheld. Currently the title for both of them is just Super Smash Bros., with no announced subtitle. I assume at some point a subtitle will be added, but it could be like the new Tomb Raider or Thief.

The 3DS version of the game will be releasing this summer and the Wii U version will be releasing this winter. Both versions host the same character line-up, and it is an impressive lineup. New details are coming out all the time, so keep up to date!

Similarly to Mario KartSuper Smash Bros. has had a flawless record. The series has not run as long as the Mario Kart series, but with the series finally crossing to DS we might be able to expect some extra work put into this fighter.

Watch Dogs - Q4 2014

As some of you may know, Watch Dogs is releasing next month; however, it will be having a delayed release date for the Wii U (well, more delayed, seeing how the original release was delayed, too). 

Most people's first reaction to a game like Watch Dogs is, "it's like Grand Theft Auto." People did the same thing with Sleeping Dogs and I understand it. While there are other successful games of the genre, Grand Theft Auto does have quite the oligopoly.

Regardless, Watch Dogs is in many ways not like Grand Theft Auto. The main subject of this game is the hacking, which enables Aiden Pearce, our protagonist, to tap into different devices. This includes pedestrians' cellular devices.

So what make Watch Dogs stand out from some of the GTA competitors? A lot of these games fail to have the same attention to detail that Rockstar provides. From what we have seen so far, Ubisoft's Chicago is going to be one of the most detailed, content-heavy open-world games in the genre. Also, do not forget that Grand Theft Auto, and most of its competitors, are not on the Wii U. Ubisoft has gone the extra mile and taken the monopoly of the genre for Wii U.

Hyrule Warriors - 2014

This game could go one of two ways. It is a spinoff of the Legend of Zelda series that features a hack 'n' slash, dungeon-crawler style gameplay. I have only seen a limited amount of gameplay, but think Kingdoms of Amalur with a lot more funding. 

The reason I say this game could go two ways is basically just that it's a spinoff. There have been a lot of really good spinoffs, but there have been about 5 bad ones for every good one; however, having said that, Nintendo has a good track record with spinoffs and not butchering a series. You could pretty much say every Mario series is a spinoff of the original game. Look at Mario KartMario PartyMario GolfMario Tennis, and many others.

The last big spin-off in the Zelda series would probably be Four Swords, which just recently was offered free on 3DS. Bringing the Zelda universe to a new genre could bring in a whole new audience to the Wii U.

Bayonetta 2 - TBA

If the Mario Kart and Zelda games aren't the kind that pull you to Nintendo's consoles, then you might be interested in Bayonetta 2. The original Bayonetta released to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but not the Wii. Now, the tables have turned and Bayonetta 2 will be available exclusively on the Wii U.

For many Bayonetta fans, this might be the final push you need to go out and buy a new Wii U. The game will still be developed by Platinum Games, but this time Nintendo will take over publishing duties. Sega is still part of the process, but they have been labeled as the "advisor."

This game has the potential to make a huge impact on the Wii U. By making that transition from an Xbox and PS3 game to a Wii U exclusive could bring its audience with it. Who knows how many die hard fans will be buying Wii Us when this game releases.

Conclusion

Okay, so the Wii U has not had the best sales record, and there is no guarantee that it will improve; however, I feel, and really hope, that it will. With the library of great titles constantly expanding how can people continue to resist? I will be heading out any day to grab my Wii U in time for Mario Kart 8, are you with me?

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The Top Rated Games of the New Generation: Are They Truly "Next-Gen"? https://www.gameskinny.com/yjvnd/the-top-rated-games-of-the-new-generation-are-they-truly-next-gen https://www.gameskinny.com/yjvnd/the-top-rated-games-of-the-new-generation-are-they-truly-next-gen Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:55:06 -0400 NorthwestGamer

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Flower - PS4

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I have shown quite a few people Flower over the past few months, and their first reaction is always something along the lines of "what the hell?" Despite first impressions, Flower is currently the highest-rated game of the generation, sitting one point ahead of Rayman: Legends on Metacritic. This game was available for the PS3 and made its way over to the PS4.

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Is It "Next-Gen"? - NO
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Flower looks nice, there is no doubt about that. The only problem is, it looks last-gen nice. It has stunning visuals on the PlayStation 3; however, when you compare the PlayStation 3 version with the PlayStation 4 version, they do not look that different. There is a noticeable texture improvement, but you need to see the two side-by-side to see it.

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Rayman Legends - PS4, Xbox One

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Rayman: Legends has been around for a while on the last generation and just came out a couple months ago on PS4 and Xbox One. It is very successful as a great game for all ages that is very well designed.

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Is It "Next-Gen"? - NO
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Despite the gameplay quality of the game, Rayman: Legends looks very similar when comparing the old consoles to the new consoles. This was not like Tomb Raider and did not receive a bunch of graphical boosts; therefore, this is not a next-gen game.

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Fez - PS4

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Ever since its release, Fez has been a breakthrough indie game. Not on the same level as games like Minecraft, but few can deny the quality of Fez's gameplay. This puzzle-platformer came out back in 2012 and has been ported to many platforms over time. It was released on the Xbox 360, but has not arrived on the Xbox One as of this time.

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Is It "Next-Gen"? - NO
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Just like TowerFall: AscensionFez is an indie game that was successful for its gameplay and not its graphics. This is not a next-gen game and was never intended to be.

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TowerFall: Ascension - PS4

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For many people, this game was a new name when it released to the PS4 and PC; however, the game has actually been out on the Ouya for a while. This indie game was multiplayer gold and has made its way over to the new generation.

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Is It "Next-Gen"? - NO
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TowerFall: Ascension has been a huge success due to its gameplay, particularly its multiplayer. Graphics and hardware strain are in now way a factor to this game's success at all. This game is a wonderful game, but could probably run on the NES (or at least the SNES) so it is, without a doubt, not next-gen.

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FIFA 14 - PS4, Xbox One

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FIFA is a name that everybody is familiar. If there is any series that has never been butchered by EA, it is FIFA. Year after year these games are generally considered the best, and most successful, sports game. FIFA 14 was yet another success, once again EA has done a great job, but what happened to this generation?

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Is It "Next-Gen"? - NO
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This one is very obvious, despite how great of a game it is. EA has publicly stated that they did not foresee that massive success of the new consoles, and that the success came too late in development for FIFA 14. Basically, they had not funded the game enough because they did not expect so many people to want the new consoles. Well, I guess EA never was too in-touch with the customers.

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Titanfall - Xbox One

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Titanfall is the game that many gamers have been waiting for. When the developers left Infinity Ward, the next installments in the Call of Duty series just could not hold the torch. Well, the famous developers are finally back as Respawn and have released Titanfall

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There was a lot of hype for this game and it did not succeed on the level that people had originally hoped - it was not the next Modern Warfare - but it was certainly a great game.

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Is It "Next-Gen"? - YES
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I do not think there is any denial here. The game looks, feels, and plays like it was designed for the new consoles. Some people may not have gotten as much as they hoped for, but not many people can say that they dislike this game.

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Battlefield 4 - PS4, Xbox One

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Ah, Battlefield 4, the series has definitely seen better days. I remember pouring countless hours into Bad Company 2 a few years back, and it is still my favorite. Battlefield 3 was met with high praise and considered a wonderful game, but Battlefield 4 suffered a different fate.

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There are a lot of things people have complained about in Battlefield 4, it has been through rough times and a lot of buggy servers. They then tried to make up for it by giving every player battlepacks throughout February - of course the shortest month in the year is their Player Appreciation Month.

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Is It "Next-Gen"? - YES
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There are a lot of issues with Battlefield 4, but most of those issues have come from trying to make the game as worthy of the new consoles as possible. Between the powerful new Frostbite engine and the graphics it is pouring out, this is arguably the most demanding game on the shelves today. It is not on the same level as Crysis, but as far as visual appeal and realism goes, Battlefield 4 has made a strong debut. Hopefully the next game will fix the issues with this powerhouse.

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NBA 2K14 - PS4, Xbox One

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I am a big fan of 2K's NBA series. I have always admired the fact that year after year, they do a great job of every single installment in the series, and 2K14 is no exception. When you take a look at a comparison between 2K14 on the PS3/Xbox 360 and on the PS4/Xbox One, you can't help but notice the difference. They have really made the players, coaches, and everything else look nice for the newest generation.

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Is it "Next-Gen"? - NO
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Even though the graphics have improved over the last generation version of the game, they still have some work to do before this game is considered truly next-gen. They are half way there and are doing things they could not on the last generation, but I have high hopes that 2K15 will bring it to a whole new level.

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Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition - PS4, Xbox One

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I have mentioned in the past that it is common opinion that the remaster of Tomb Raider was a complete improvement, but that most people would still not want to purchase it if they have already played the original. Most of the improvements are based on textures, particles, shaders, and view distance. Essentially, it's a graphics overload.

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If you had Tomb Raider on the PS3 or Xbox 360, then it is not worth it, for most people, to purchase and play the game again for better graphics. Regardless of this fact, the improvement looks very nice and is a beautiful game whether you've have played the original or not.

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Is it "Next-Gen"? - YES
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Even though everything other than the graphics is still a last-gen game, the graphics have improved enough to consider this game a next-gen game. The game does a great job taking advantage of the new hardware so that it does not feel like a cheap port to the new consoles.

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Earning the Name "Next-Gen"

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The term "next-gen" has been thrown around a lot in the months since the new consoles' announcements, but when people refer to next-gen, they are not usually just referring to a game on the PS4 or Xbox One (or Wii U). When you say a game is next-gen, you want a game that looks and feels so much better on the new consoles that it justifies your new hardware.

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I will be taking a look at all of the next-gen games that have receive 85 or higher on Metacritic and examining their worthiness of the term 'next-gen.' The reviews can be deceiving, it might be a great game, but this list is focused on how far it pushes the new hardware. Mainly, graphics and amount of content.

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I will not be including Wii U games in this list, because the Wii U has been out for so long now that it has established a lengthy list of high rated games; also, the Wii U is not known for pushing graphics, but having excellent gameplay.

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